Impey 12th in Prudential Ride London-Surrey Classic sprintSun 4 Aug 2019
Tour de France stage winner Daryl Impey sprinted to 12th place today for Mitchelton-SCOTT in a short edition of the Prudential Ride London-Surrey Classic.
A breakaway trio animated the race and with many teams keen for a sprint the climbs were ridden at a steady pace and many sprinters remained in contention as the race headed towards a bunch sprint finish.
Mitchelton-SCOTT worked to keep Impey well protected and in a good safe position but in the end Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) claimed the victory with Impey just outside the top ten after a huge effort from the team in the final kilometres.
A trio escape
At the start of the short 169kilometre race, a flurry of attacks came until eventually three-riders broke away. Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin), Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma) and Stan Dewulf (Lotto-Soudal) settled into a rhythm and extended their lead out to over three-minutes as they tackled each of the five ascents of BoxHill.
More attacks come
On the penultimate ascent of BoxHill, attacks began to fly from the peloton with Michael Albasini amongst those and the leader’s advantage dropped down to two-minutes.
Mike Teunissen (Jumbo-Visma) and Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) tried to bridge across to the leaders but weren’t able to make contact and shorty after were reeled back in by the peloton along with Dowsett, leaving just two-riders in front.
Ready for a sprint
Finally with 14kilometres to go the duo were caught ready for a flat run into the finish but with many pure sprinters still present. Mitchelton-SCOTT headed to the front of the peloton with strength in numbers, keeping Impey in a good position and they navigated through the road furniture towards the finish line on the Mall.
With two-kilometres to go, a large crash in the bunch caused chaos behind, but Michael Hepburn sat at the front of the bunch with Impey out of trouble in third wheel with 1.5kilometres left.
Impey surfed the wheels but lost positioning on the final corner and into the final straight and finished in 12th position.
"I felt really good today. We wanted to make it as hard as possible but it was pretty hard with many teams wanting a sprint. The team really did a fantastic job, I got boxed in on the final 500metres and didn't get a chance to do my sprint.
"I was disappointed because I know today's result didn't reflect what I can do nor what an amazing job the team did for me."
Mathew Hayman - Sport Director
“We came into today knowing we were up against some pure sprinters and we expected the likes of Viviani, Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) would be up there.
“We tried our best on BoxHill to make the race hard but we didn’t get a lot of cooperation from the other teams and then we still wanted to give Daryl the best opportunity, he wanted to have a go for the sprint and the boys did a great job but Daryl got a bit lost in that last corner.
“Daryl does a lot better when the racing is harder but all in all a great weekend, encouraging signs from everybody. Even though it was five ascents of BoxHill it wasn’t quite hard enough for us.”
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic Results:
1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 3:46:16
2. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
3. Michael Morkov Deceuninck-Quickstep) ST
12. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
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